- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: MacLehose Press (31 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857051415
- ISBN-13: 978-0857051417
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.3 x 19.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Library of Unrequited Love Hardcover – 31 Jan 2013
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'Brilliantly captures the voice of a frustrated lady librarian past her prime, trapped in her bookworm world ... next time you go to the library, you might find yourself looking at that mousy librarian twice' Evening Standard. (Evening Standard)
'It has something of the narrator of Notes from the Underground ... presented in the form of a soliloquy, sometimes angry, sometimes pathetic, often comical, as in Dostoevsky's novel' Chantal Guy, La Press. (La Press)
'If you possess a minimum of joie de vivre, it's hard not to laugh when reading' Muriel Daniel, Livre et Lire. (Muriel Daniel, Livre et Lire)
'This little charmer already goes down as perhaps the most quotable book of all 2013. A perfect package of the unpredicted' The Bookbag. (Bookbag)
About the Author
Sophie Divry lives in Lyon, France. The Library of Unrequited Love, her first novel, was a bestseller in France and a boutique hit in the UK.
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Firstly, the book doesn't have any chapters or any kind of divisions at all. None. Nada. I know it's a short book but if you don't have enough time to read it in one sitting and you also happen to have a weird habit of reading to the end of a chapter before setting your book aside (like me), it might make you feel a bit uneasy. Another thing that was completely new for me is narration. It's basically a one-way conversation between the librarian and a reader who has been locked in the library's basement overnight. We know nothing about the reader - not even his or her name or whether s/he's a man or a woman. Everything we know comes from the librarian's monologue, which is definitely one of the things that make this book unique and unlike any other. But again, I still wasn't a hundred percent sure what to make of it. I love how we gradually get to know our narrator and what type of person she is and I found myself smirking (or occasionally nodding) at some of her remarks. Perhaps one of the things I loved the most about this book is how the narrator talks about reading and how she describes what it means to her. She says, "I prefer the company of books. When I'm reading, I'm never alone, I have a conversation with the book. It can be very intimate. Perhaps you know this feeling yourself? [...] When I'm reading, I can forget everything, sometimes I don't even hear the phone.Read more ›
One morning, a middle-aged female librarian arrives at her place of work and prepares to open the Geography section, situated in the basement of the building. This is the section of the library, we discover, of which our main character is in charge. The librarian, we learn, has worked at the library for twenty five years and she finds the peace and quiet of her surroundings reassuring. We also learn that she needs precision and routine: "I could never work in a railway station: too much going on and the very idea that a train was going to be late would give me a panic attack." Every day she follows the same rules, ensuring she does not draw attention to herself; to be a librarian, she says, it is important to like the idea of book classification and to be of a docile nature: "No initiative, no room for the unexpected." The librarian is, therefore, rather surprised at the unexpected discovery of a sleeping person in her department whom, she realises, has been locked in the library overnight.
Making use of her uninvited guest, our heroine asks the intruder to find a misplaced book by Jean Paul Sartre and then serves coffee from her flask, before delivering a fascinating monologue to her listener, which allows the reader to discover all manner of things about our unnamed heroine.Read more ›
Sophie Divry's debut is written in the form of a monologue delivered by a librarian in the provinces who one morning discovers a reader in the library who has been locked in there all night. This reader is on the receiving end of the librarian's thoughts; subjected to hearing all about the things she loves, the things that anger and irritate her, and the person who has caught her eye.
I read this book in just a couple of sittings, and many readers would probably finish it in just one. It's a charming and insightful little story featuring a passionate but anxious, troubled and lonely lady. The librarian feels invisible and is unhappy with the Geography section that she has been allocated, longing for her preferred section, History; indeed she divulges some of her views about this topic too. She shares her disapproval of the hierarchy of staff within the library, and her disgruntlement at readers who come to the library and simply make a mess. Whilst she complains about many things to her captive listener, she nevertheless has a strong affection for libraries and books and this shines through.
She has been hurt in love and tells us she avoids it now, with her job helping her cope with all that bothers her: 'the library works like an anaesthetic for my hang-ups.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Spoiler alert – ending of novel alluded to in this review.
At less than 90 pages this continuous monologue from an unhappy unfulfilled librarian makes for a mostly interesting... Read more
Excellent delivery time.
What a lovely, sad book, but funny at the same time.
An amusing, faux-rambling monologue by a lovelorn librarian.
Covering the cornerstones of French literature, the State system, library classifications and the nape of a man's... Read more
A librarian from the geography section finds a reader who's been locked up in the library over night and she starts to talk to him. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Suze Lavender
This is a book that every library ought to own and every library user ought at some point to read - it's even short enough to be read in one library visit. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sofia
This book is a dellght .It reminded me of the time I started my life as a library assistant. It is full of erudite information as well as being vey funny ad quite moving in parts... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2014 by barbara wallis
The Library of Unrequited Love does have a certain charm, but it wasn’t really my type of book. I disliked the protagonist. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2014 by Lucybird
As a librarian, I was really looking forward to reading this, but was very disappointed. The central character comes over as obsessive, contradictory, aggressive and unlikeable... Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2014 by Kathy Miles